By Ray Pride

Oscar Nominee Supplied Reactions

“I am rather giddy with excitement at the wonderful news and extremely thankful and grateful that the Academy have honoured Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, Mark Bridges and Jonny Greenwood alongside myself with nominations today. It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman – having both parents nominated in the same year.” – Lesley Manville – PHANTOM THREAD / Nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

“We are so humbled and thrilled that the Academy recognized Darkest Hour with 6 nominations.  In a world that seems to be yearning for true statesmanship, to see Churchill’s words and legacy resonate so strongly, not only with audiences worldwide, but now with our peers leaves us with full hearts today.” –  Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski  – DARKEST HOUR / Nominee for Best Picture (producers)

“Thank you to the academy for recognizing my crew, my cast, and the exceptional and brilliant Daniel Kaluuya. I am so proud of this film – it has been an unbelievable journey for any movie, let alone a horror film that came out a year ago. Thank you for the audience that bought tickets, that told their friends, that kept championing this film.  Today, I celebrate not only GET OUT, but every voice that is told that they don’t fit the mold, and that they don’t belong.  And to all of those who came before me and broke down doors for African-American filmmakers and genre films, I stand on your shoulders with gratitude and a commitment to continue to make room for those who follow.” – Jordan Peele

“Firstly, I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling.  To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!” – Gary Oldman – DARKEST HOUR / Nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role

“We are absolutely thrilled by this recognition from the Academy. It means a great deal to us as filmmakers and it encourages us to continue to tell the stories that move us, in the way we want to tell them. I hope that our nomination will bring audiences into theaters when we open LOVELESS in February.” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

“I’m thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognised so wonderfully. I can’t wait to celebrate with them all come March 4.”

– Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film.     I am here because of the greatness of others.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  Guillermo handed me a gift with this role, this film.     I am so delighted for us all.     To be honoured by the acknowledgement of my colleagues of fellow actors, filmmakers, writers, crew members is truly humbling.     It is a privilege to tell such stories and to be able to make films that show there is a life beyond the life that people know – one that is not always seen.     To be considered in this category along side these exceptional women is a real honour and gift in itself.       Thank you with eternal gratitude dear Academy!”     Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

“I started the day to the great news that Phantom Thread received six Oscar nominations and Costume Design was one of them! I am delighted to be nominated and thrilled to be in the company of my very talented fellow Costume Design nominees!” Mark Bridges – PHANTOM THREAD / Nominee for Achievement in Costume Design

“Thank you so much to The Academy for recognizing “This is Me” with a nomination! We are honored to be included in such great company with our fellow nominees. We share this nomination with the amazingly talented creative team behind this movie. A special thanks goes to the singularly talented Keala Settle whose performance of this song elevates it in a way that we could only dream of. And to Hugh Jackman and Michael Gracey, thank you for taking a chance on us four years ago, before we had a film credit to our name, to help you bring your vision to life.” BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL/ Songwriters – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Best Original Song – “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

“It’s a happy morning today! We are so honored to receive an Academy Award nomination for THE SQUARE. I wanted to make a film about the world we are living in today- about feeling disconnected in our modern world and how we have lost our faith in community. THE SQUARE’s success can help to dispel that-  it was a fantastic collaboration with our very international cast including Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Terry Notary and our crew spanning several countries– it is the product of a collective. I wanted to make a provocative film that will not only wildly entertain people but also make them reflect – thank you for helping me to share this film with more audiences throughout the world.” –               Ruben Östlund, writer/director of THE SQUARE (Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)

“While LOGAN was always going to be perceived as the last chapter in a successful “super hero” franchise, and a final performance in this role by my brilliant friend Hugh Jackman, Scott Frank, Michael Green and I always viewed the task of writing it as, first and foremost, an opportunity to make a dramatic character piece, one that just so happened to feature beloved comic book characters. We are so grateful for the nomination.” – James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green, LOGAN – Writers

“We are thrilled and honored to be nominated for The Big Sick. We got a masterclass in storytelling from our producers, Barry Mendel and Judd Apatow, and from our director Michael Showalter- all of whom pushed us to dig down, be more honest, and be willing to make changes when the story called for it. It was an incredibly unique challenge to take some of the most vulnerable, painful, and beautiful moments from our life together and turn it into a movie. At times we worried it would be insurmountable, or would rip us apart, or even worse- that no one would like it. The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilerating, and this nomination proves that our love is real. We have decided to stay married.” – Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, co-writers of THE BIG SICK, nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Original Screenplay”

“We are so humbled by the recognition today. Thank you to The Academy. We share this nomination with our friend Gary Oldman and the entire DARKEST HOUR team.” – Nominees Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick – DARKEST HOUR / Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

“We are so grateful to our collaborators at Pixar for challenging us to write a song that could have so many meanings.  Although, in its most authentic form, Remember Me is a very personal song about saying goodbye to those you love, while staying connected through music. We couldn’t be prouder of what these filmmakers have achieved in COCO, a film that has always strived to faithfully portray and celebrate Mexican culture— and we are grateful to the Academy for the recognition!” – Bobby Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, songwriters of “Remember Me” from Coco 

“ We are just so excited and honored to have been nominated by the Academy. For us, VICTORIA & ABDUL was the perfect platform to showcase some ‘back to old school’ classic hair and character makeup skills and we are so thankful to be recognized. A very proud moment for us.”

–        Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard – VICTORIA & ABDUL / Nominees for Achievement in makeup and hairstyling



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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon